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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,354 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,354
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 161
Gots: 299 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ca. 44 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of alcstradamus
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw pour with a full finger of head that camps out for quite a while. Smell is lemon zest, straw, clove, and bits of spicy and citrus hops. Bold for the style, and quite pleasant.

Taste is a bit more grainy and earthy that the nose would have indicated. I'm not able to pick out the particular styles of hops, but definitely recognize them as being German. Very grassy and herbal, some faint clove-like flavors still present, very subtle but flavorful.

The mouthfeel is quite good for the style. The carbonation levels are high but they are so soft it actually makes the beer feel nearly full bodied, even though it is probably much closer to medium-light. Probably the best mouthfeel I've felt on a beer this low in ABV.

Definitely a great session beer, very well crafted

alcstradamus, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of ledemie
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am re- reviewing this beer because, I think I was drinking to warm, and god it WAS a bitter one, any way I am just done with the 6 pack and I have to say it is a good beer.

A: Pours a surprisingly nice green/yellowish yes I said green. A one finger white head forms and leaves some light lace.

S: Citrus, pine, and grassy hops.

T: Plenty of bitter hops for the style.

M: Light. Very thin. Easy to drink, as a Pilsner should be.

D:a good beers, a good craft beer.

ledemie, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of MrStark
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance is a somewhat hazy yellow gold color, with a nice two-finger fluffy white head that slowly recedes. A few streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Good lacing.

Smell is of citrus and hops. Maybe a hint of malts, its doesn't seam to be particularly strong.

Taste is a nice blend of citrus, almost like grapefruit. A fairly good amount of spicy hops leaving a pleasant bitterness on the palette.

Mouthfeel is is light bodied with plenty of nice carbonation.

Drinkability is great. Its very smooth and goes down easy leaving a nice little bite on the tongue. I could definitely put this on my list as a nice session beer!

MrStark, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of witster18
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the best surprise of my mixer....

had a starr stout.... overrated(how'd it win at TGABF)
had some usuals... St peter porter... old #38... some others

but this pils was the diamond in the rough
Great Beer!
Fantastic fresh Hop pines combine with earthiness and citrus. Not dry at all, in fact, it's mouth-watering goodness.

Definately stopping for a complete sixer on the way home.... very hard to find a good pils or lager in Chattanooga.... I guess you just have to stick with the staple(lowenbrau) or this nice upgrade for the same price... this is like Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Light in terms of taste... excellent brew.

witster18, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of Risser09
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2008

Appearance: Pours a bright, golden yellow color with a slight haze. Streams of carbonation make their was to the surface, introducing themselves to the 2", white, bready head. It shows great retention and lots of spongy lace with swiss cheese lace.

Smell: A perfume of German malt that is pale and sugary sweet. Mild hop aroma displays lemon, grass and orange. Subtle biscuit aroma underlies.

Taste: A smooth, sensual flavor profile consists of those great German pale malts and a balancing bitter aftertaste. Biscuits, bread, lemon, orange and shortbread all make a buttery flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth to quaff and bitter resins dry out the finish to make you go back for more. This is about as pleasant as a beer can be in the mouth and throat. Some carbonation, some alcohol, and lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: About as high as a beer can be. This is a sessionable beer that is tremendously balanced and adheres to stylistic guidelines. An example of what a German pilsner should taste like.

Risser09, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of mnrider
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle. Flute glass.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice fluffy white head. Very tiny bubbles glide to the top. Head turns into nothing much and leaves minimal lacing.

S: Smells like flowers and water.

T/M: Smooth going down and ends with a strong hop bite. I taste and feel many things here. Medium bodied. The hops are a little spicy, flower like and plentiful. The typical Pilsner malts are faint but noticeable.

D: This is one flavorful pilsner. Not too bitter, definitely the most hopy one i've ever had. I'm used to the lighter more bitter Pilsner. I will be having this one again, I'm sure.


mnrider, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Ginger Man NY served in a pint glass.

A: Fine white 1 finger head with outstanding retention. Brew itself is light orange/yellow. Lacing is magnificent for a beer with such light body... its almost frothy in appearance.

S: Nose is fresh citrus, grass, and pine with a slight hint of hop bitterness.

T: Begins with light hops and transitions towards the middle into a fresh citrus. Finish is bitter... not hop bitter, but a lingering, biting bitterness.

M: Light bodied and coarse. Finishes clean but bitter aftertaste really sticks in the mouth.

D: Highly drinkable but the aftertaste again really kills this beer. It builds and builds but never seems to fade and makes each subsequent sip more and more intensly bitter.

SpeedwayJim, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of WeedKing4
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle. Pours a very golden yellow colour. Very tasty and easy to drink. I could drink 37 of these and not feel a buzz. Solid brew overall, definately the best pilsner I have ever had. Then again I am stuck with canadian pilsners who upset me greatly.

WeedKing4, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy gold into a pilsner glass, with great carbonation, three fingers of white head, and great lacing. The smell was decidedly floral/herbal Noble hops, with a dry bitter crispness to it. The flavor additionally yielded hints of malt, biscuit, and lemon, with a super-crisp dry finish. The feel was superb; light and carbonated. An amazingly sessionable brew, but since I've had this one, I've tried Victory's Braumeister Pils, which is even more intense and delicious.

donniecuffs, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of tniless
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice one inch head over slightly cloudy gold body. Very vibrant aroma - floral with a hint of lemon. Complex flavor and great mouthfeel. Complex flvors throughout your entire mouth. Very, very drinkable. One of the best Pils I have ever had.

tniless, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not as impressed as other are with this one. Lemony, grassy with bananas and other citrus notes in the aroma which was the best part to this beer. Nice color as well. Taste and mouthfeel were average or slightly above for the style. I am not a big fan of this style but I scored it compared to others of it's style. Just not much to offer in the way of flavor or mouthfeel.

natelocc787, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of steveshields
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First Pilsener I have ever reviewed. I am not very knowledgeable on this style, but this beer is absolutely delicious.

It pours a beautiful hazy yellow/gold and I gave it a 2.5inch head in a fake wine Reidel glass. Retains the head very well, minutes after the pour and a few sips. Lots of lace.

Smells exceptional. Honey and lemon.

Tastes great- lots of grapefruit and lemon citrus. Crisp, nice carbonation. The only thing I can think to compare it to is a more complex Beck's, and this is good. Very bitter. Very hoppy.

Mouthfeel is heavy carbonation up front, syrupy finish. Not bad at all, just so bitter it leaves me wanting more.

Exceptionally drinkable. I wish it were higher ABV, but I'll definitely buy this again. Props to my borther Alex for picking this up. We are also fans of the Hop Wallop and Golden Monkey. Cheers.

steveshields, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

consumed 10/2/09
This beer pours a light straw yellow with a one finger of sudsy head that retains relatively well and leaves lots of wispy lacing on the glass the entire way down. Nose is citrus - predominantly lemon, pale malts and grain. Taste is very tangy up front from the lemon influence, balanced out perfectly with a grainy, biscuity flavoring, and finish lends to a mild pale malt flavoring. Light body, high carbonation, goes down easily, crisp body, clean finish and bitter aftertaste. I can't say that I've found a pilsner that made me love the style - this one does it, and an ABV that allows you to sit with it all night.

Jayli, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a strange yellow, like the kind of yellow my urine looks like after taking vitamin B complex, which isn't neccesarily a bad thing. Nice frothy white cap, some nice lacing.

Smells of spicey hops, sweet grassy grains and somewhat fruity.

Hands down the best tasting Pilsener I've ever had. Grassy grains, honey, pineapple, pine needles, sourdough , but overall dominated by the spicey hops, very hoppy pils indeed.

Nice smooth, carbonated mouthfeel and a highly drinkable beer. I'll never drink another lager again other than this one!

GodOfBeer, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of rosmhuire
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Color of your piss when you're slightly dehydrated. Nice carbonation.
S: I'm just smelling classic hops on the nose.
T: Wow - all hops. Not necessarily a bad thing, but this beer definitely is swinging the pendulum far right to hops. Malt is under-represented.
M: Fine. I really don't consider this an important category to me personally.
D: Very drinkable. This is smooth and going down easier than my high school girlfriend

rosmhuire, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of bristol2120
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent pale golden, with a big, rocky head, that subsides shortly, leaving a good amount of lacing. Hops dominate the aroma, with no real trace of malt to be found. At the risk of being branded a heretic, let me just say right now that I'm not really in the camp of the hopheads. I prefer a nice balance in most styles, so bear that in mind as you read on. Taste also is dominated by hops, to me, almost to the point of distraction. Hop fans will probably enjoy this, but it left me wishing for a stronger malt presence to even things out. That said, this beer showed classic hops spiciness/bitterness that some others would probably quite enjoy. Good, smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation for a decent level of drinkability. While I certainly didn't dislike this beer, IMHO, it lacks the balance to be a top representative of the style, in fact, reminding me somewhat of an IPA> That said, those with more of a fondness for hops would probably enjoy this beer immensely, and I think this conclusion is certainly borne out by several other reviewers.

bristol2120, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of throwthechaff
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I will be the first one to say that the pilsener is not one of my favorite styles of beers but this one totally turned me around. This light bodied light golden color brew is a very drinkable beer with a very good German malt finish. I would totally recommend this to anyone who is curious about the style and would like to try a good one. I am glad my curiosity and hope for the style led me to this one because this is a good one.

throwthechaff, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to finally see this on shelves in Alaska.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold color with a nice stark white head that retains for a little while and leaves ok lacing.

Nose is about as authentic as it gets. Euro hops play a big role and that typical almost grassy german pilsner nose.

Wow. An excellent pilsner. Hoppier than most, but i like that about it. Pretty much on the nose as far as the style goes for taste. Grassy lager and grain flavors with an ample dosing of european hops. A good dryness on the finish and spicy hops linger on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is ideal. Slightly high carbonation is perfect, but this one is just a tiny tad more viscous than i would like.

Drinkability is top notch. Abv doesn't play any factor at all, and the extra hops in this one make me want to slam it all day.

Overall an excellent example of the style and one i will surely be revisiting (probably tomorrow, since this sixer is going down!) One of the better examples of a german pils made in the united states for sure. An excellent refreshing beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prima Pils pours a light golden color, its clean, its clear and its got some nice carbonation. The head is big and fluffy (as seen above). Good looking pour.

The aroma that comes from the dense foam is initially some earthy hops followed by grass and some sulfuric and metallic smells. I guess that sounds less than appealing but in all fairness, the smell of pilseners has never been their main draw.

One big sip and its apparent that this is near the top of its class.
Its crisp and refreshing with a heavy dose of noble hop bitterness and a very sharp finish. There is some nice sweet notes in this beer but the dry finish that keeps you going back for more makes this one of the most drinkable beers you are bound to come across.

indiapaleale, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of weasbri
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is going to spoil me on other pilseners.
Pale yellow color, good substantial frothy white head. Looks great.
Mostly hoppy aroma, lemon too.
Very hoppy flavor as well. More citrus and herbal flavors too. But the hops were more than I expected. A full-flavored pils, wow!
Finish is nice and dry, only some slight bitterness left behind.
I've had a few people recommend this one to me, and I'm definitely glad I tried it out.

weasbri, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of PerroGrande
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours to a hazy, light yellow. On a fairly aggressive pour, a fair amount of foam is produced, but it does not linger. Only traces of evidence cling to the side of the glass.

Smell: Notable citrus and hops overtones. A rather rich aroma compared to many Pilsener beers.

Taste: Opens crisply with hints of lemon. Hops dominates the rest of the way with malt hanging in around the edges. A nice bitterness, but the aftertaste is a little displeasing to me.

Mouthfeel: Generally light with some carbonation hanging around.

Drinkability: Certainly sessionable if you're looking for a decently hoppy beer and lower ABV. It is a good brew, but I'm not craving another one at the moment.

PerroGrande, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Most of my way through a sixer of 12oz bottles. Pours a light translucent yellow, typical pilsner color, bout a finger of airy head with little retention.

Nose is typical pilsner (light grains) but with a zippier lemony, zesty hops, slightly earthy.

Man, this is what a pils needs to taste like. Long, bitter Saaz bitterness but without appealing to just the hopheads. Light but still with a strong, balanced hop bite. Some nice pale malts add some depth, balance it out. This is extremely drinkable. Not over the top carbonation, lends itself more to drinking.

Would pretty much drink this anywhere, anytime, with anything. Hot weather - this is your beer. Out with a meal - this is your standard. Easily one of the best pils I've had.

ritzkiss, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a surprisingly hazy yellow. A one finger white head forms and leaves some light lace.
S: Citrus, pine, and grassy hops. A grain and cereal malt aroma.
T: Plenty of bitter hops for the style. Grapefruit, pine, grassy. Light malt, cereal, and grain for balance.
M/D: Light and watery. Very thin. Easy to drink, as a Pilsener should be. Though one is enough for me.

Not a bad beer at all, just not my favorite Pils. It is not one of those that I want to drink one after another. Which is what I pretty much judge the style by.

champ103, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of shamus
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After reviewing two disappointing wheat beers this is more than a pleasant surprise. This is a god-send, as in mana from heaven, as in a miracle, as in better than water into wine. If your looking for a Pils style maybe you are going to say 'This ain't a Pils', however it's one f'n great beer. It's like a northern forest with a fresh pure stream running through it.

shamus, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of GordonQuid
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Chill haze straw with a fluffy two inch white head and ample lace.
Smells of fuggles; earthy and grassy with a hint of pilsner malts.
Taste is crisp pilsner malt nicely blended with cascade and fuggle hop. Has a nice clean and dry finish.
THis is by far a good easy to drink pilsner. Another winner by the folks at Victory.

GordonQuid, Sep 18, 2009
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,354 ratings.